Today’s News - Thursday, June 1, 2017
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● ANN feature: Piven pens Nuts + Bolts #13: A new way of dealing with ownership transition that can benefit some principals who face difficulties in achieving successful exit strategies.
● Davidson parses DS+R's The Shed and MoMA's expansion plans: one could be a great addition to NYC's cultural life or a white elephant "of colossal proportions"; the other "may well be a spectacular home for art; for now it looks more like a gorgeously detailed transit facility."
● Bernstein finds DS+R's expanded MoMA lobby "an elegant space" and "a restrained offering from a firm that, in other contexts, can be far more radical" (pipes and ducts have something to do with the restraint).
● Pogrebin says the$400 million expansion "is less about the grand architectural gesture than it is about making MoMA feel like a more responsive place."
● We finally know what BIG and Heatherwick's really big London HQ for Google will look like (some U.K. journalists suggest it could "incorporate elements of Heatherwick's scrapped Garden Bridge").
● June's Curry Stone Design Prize Social Design Circle honorees answer the question: Can Design Reclaim Public Space?
● A good reason to head to Glasgow next week: the Society of Architectural Historians' 70th annual international conference.
● A good reason to head to London next week: Vision 2017 "will host the best and brightest from established practices and start-ups, with new ideas and technological innovation."
● Call for entries: 2017 Fentress Global Challenge: Airport of the Future international competition for young and student architects.
● The month-long London Festival of Architecture 2017 kicks off today, and Mairs picks 10 not-to-be-missed events (we might skip the "stomach-churning installation").
● LFA's newest event: the 6-day ArchFilmFest London, the U.K.'s first architectural film festival.
● Safdie takes center stage in "Habitat '67 vers l'avenir/The Shape of Things to Come" at Montréal's UQAM Centre de Design.
● A fascinating Q&A with Shigeru Ban re: "The inventive work of Shigeru Ban" at SCAF Sydney: "I do not think about sustainability. This is a trendy term."
● Q&A with Hans Ulrich Obrist re: "Seeds of Time" in Shanghai, the importance of place, the limits of linear time, and more.
● Bernstein parses Victoria Newhouse's new tome about Piano and the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center in Athens: its LEED platinum rating "sends a message that even unnecessary buildings are good for the environment. Which, at this time of climate crisis, is a dangerous message to send."
● Brownell gives two thumbs-up to "What Happened to My Buildings": Dutch architect Marlies Rohmer's "confessions are sobering, but also empowering" - her courage "to reveal her design mistakes openly will help elevate the quality of practice."
● Flatman cheers Goodhart's "Anywheres vs Somewheres: The Split that Made Brexit Inevitable": "the 'populist' revolt that has shaken the UK political establishment has interesting resonances with old debates within architecture."
● Jervis sees Hopkins' "Lost Futures: The Disappearing Architecture of Post-War Britain" as "a welcome antidote to the histrionics and heroizing that blight our understanding of modernist architecture" (Hopkins "may put a few noses out of joint"); the accompanying Royal Academy show "boasts a rather affected title" ("Futures Found").
● Patel (fils) and Desai's "The Architecture of Hasmukh C. Patel" profiles the 83-year-old "flag bearer of Indian Brutalist architecture."
● "Morphogenesis: The Indian Perspective. The Global Context" profiles two decades in sustainable design practice in a showcase of the studio's vast range of typologies.
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ANN feature: Peter Pivien: Nuts + Bolts #13: Safe Harbors: A Case Study on End-game Strategies: A new way of dealing with ownership transition that can benefit some principals who face difficulties in achieving successful exits.- ArchNewsNow.com
Justin Davidson: When Culture Feels Like O’Hare: On the Shed and the Giant-Sizing of MoMA: Big Architecture has joined with Big Culture...Diller Scofidio + Renfro...creating a new juggernaut from scratch and helping another grow even hulkier...the Shed will be a great contribution to the city’s cultural life or a white-steel elephant of colossal proportions...The next, biggest-ever MoMA may well be a spectacular home for art; for now it looks more and more like a gorgeously detailed transit facility. -- Rockwell Group- New York Magazine
Fred A. Bernstein: The MoMA Expansion by Diller Scofidio + Renfro: ...first stage of the much-anticipated (and controversial) project that will redefine the iconic Midtown museum: The expanded lobby... is an elegant space...a restrained offering from a firm that, in other contexts, can be far more radical...Pipes and ducts...made many ideas non-starters. [images]- Architectural Digest
Robin Pogrebin: The MoMA Makeover: Room for Everyone: The Museum of Modern Art...emphasizes diversity and chronology: ...$400 million expansion project...is striking and provocative less because of its look than its implicit message: MoMA isn’t modern yet...The renovation is less about the grand architectural gesture than it is about making MoMA feel like a more responsive place. -- Yoshio Taniguchi (2004); Diller Scofidio + Renfro; Gensler [images]- New York Times
Google finally reveals its plans for London HQ by BIG and Heatherwick: ...featuring a huge rooftop garden, a running track and a swimming pool...93,000-square-metre structure - one of three buildings that will form a campus for up to 7,000 of the company's employees at King's Cross. -- BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group; Heatherwick Studio; BDP; Gillespies; Wilmotte & Associés; Mossessian Architecture [images]- Dezeen
June's Curry Stone Design Prize Social Design Circle honorees answer the question: Can Design Reclaim Public Space? -- Asiye eTafuleni; Basurama; le Collectif Etc; Ecosistema Urbano; EXYZT; Interboro; Interbreeding Field; Kounkuey Design Initiative; Raumlabor Berlin; Studio Basar; Y A + K- Curry Stone Design Prize
Society of Architectural Historians to Host 70th Annual International Conference in Glasgow, June 7–11: ...marking the first time SAH has met outside North America since 1973.. historians, architects, preservationists, and museum professionals from around the world will convene to present new research on the history of the built environment...- Society of Architectural Historians (SAH)
The best UK and international architects and researchers gather for Vision 2017, June 6-7, London: ...will host the best and brightest from established practices and start-ups, with new ideas and technological innovation at the heart of the event.- DesignCurial (UK)
Call for entries: 2017 Fentress Global Challenge: 6th Annual Airport of the Future international design competition for young and student architects; First Prize:f $15,000 and summer internship at Fentress in Denver; deadline: October 1- Fentress Architects
Jessica Mairs: 10 events that are not to be missed at London Festival of Architecture 2017: ...top picks, from a stomach-churning installation based on the Smithfield meat market to tours of the capital's ill-fated housing estates...Architectural yoga classes at Sir John Soane's Museum...and an architectural bake off are also on the cards. June 1-30- Dezeen
UK's first architectural film festival - June 6-11: ArchFilmFest London, a six-day, biennial festival that will celebrate architectural film through screenings, installations, symposia, workshops and an international film competition...takes place during The London Festival of Architecture- ArchFilmFest London
"Habitat ‘67 vers l’avenir/The Shape of Things to Come" at the Université du Québec à Montréal/UQAM Centre de Design: ...examining architect Moshe Safdie's pioneering urban housing complex Habitat '67...and its lasting influence on the architectural field at large...“Habitat for the Future,” a series of models and renderings...revisiting and reimagining how one might approach building Habitat in current times. -- Safdie Architects; Donald Albrecht [images]- Dexigner
Q&A: The Simple Genius of Shigeru Ban’s Designs at SCAF Sydney: Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation...presenting...“The inventive work of Shigeru Ban"..."I do not think about sustainability. This is a trendy term." [images]- Blouin ArtInfo
Interview with Hans Ulrich Obrist on Shanghai Project, Chapter 2 Envision 2116 Exhibition "Seeds of Time": Across multiple venues, the exhibition...explores sustainability and envisions our climactic future through collaborative interdisciplinary projects. Q&A re: the importance of place, the limits of linear time, etc.; thru July 30 -- Diller Scofidio + Renfro; Li Naihan; Maya Lin; Yoko Ono; etc. [images]- Blouin ArtInfo
Fred A. Bernstein: Green Machine? New book tells the story of the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center, but can a building this wasteful really be called “green”? Victoria Newhouse’s "Chaos and Culture: Renzo Piano Building Workshop and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens,"a richly detailed account...With its “platinum” imprimatur, LEED sends a message that even unnecessary buildings, on sites ill-served by public transportation...are good for the environment. Which, at this time...is a dangerous message to send. -- Renzo Piano; Cooper Robertson; Mecanoo- The Architect's Newspaper
Blaine Brownell: Revisiting Your Past Projects for Lessons Learned Dutch architect Marlies Rohmer assesses three decades of her work in "What Happened to My Buildings" by Hilde de Haan and Jolanda Keesom: ...[her] confessions are sobering, but also empowering...[she] is courageous to reveal her design mistakes openly...will help elevate the quality of practice. However, the failings...are not hers alone to bear... -- Marlies Rohmer Architects & Urbanists- Architect Magazine
Ben Flatman: Should architecture be for Anywhere or Somewhere? It’s more than 30 years since Kenneth Frampton brought us critical regionalism but in today’s political landscape it’s as relevant as ever: "Anywheres vs Somewheres: The Split that Made Brexit Inevitable" by David Goodhart...addressing the “populist” revolt that has shaken the UK political establishment has interesting resonances with old debates within architecture.- BD/Building Design (UK)
John Jervis: "Lost Futures: The Disappearing Architecture of Post-War Britain" by Owen Hopkins: ...a welcome antidote to the histrionics and heroising that blight our understanding of modernist architecture: He may put a few noses out of joint with his claim that brutalism, once ‘the most confrontational of postwar styles’, has now been entirely sanitised...Royal Academy exhibition boasts a rather affected title - "Futures Found: The Real and Imagined Cityscapes of Post-War Britain"; thru June 25 [images]- Icon (UK)
"The Architecture of Hasmukh C. Patel" by Bimal Patel and Catherine Desai: ...the legacy of...former director at CEPT Ahmedabad - and the culture he cultivated...best known to have popularised the phrase "common sense architecture"...[book] highlights 51 marquee projects by the 83-year-old veteran...the treat - [his] hand drawings...He always credited his professors at Cornell...a flag bearer of Indian Brutalist architecture... -- Centre for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT)- Architectural Digest India
"Morphogenesis: The Indian Perspective. The Global Context" by Manit Rastogi and Sonali Rastogi: ...two decades in sustainable design practice takes the form of a monograph...a showcase of the studio's vast range of typologies...in three categories: Passive Design, Resource Optimisation and Contextual Identity - with sustainability as the overarching theme.- Architectural Digest India
ANN feature: Norman Weinstein: Book Review: "The Work of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple: Economy as Ethic": Transforming the local and commonplace into the global and rare: Robert McCarter (with a little help from his friends) crafts a majestic survey long overdue.- ArchNewsNow.com
Lundgaard & Tranberg: Kannikegården, Ribe, Denmark: ...grows directly out of the local historical context...adds new, exciting features to the medieval city center: ...opposite the historically significant town cathedral...houses...the parish council and cathedral staff...a lecture theatre and an exhibition space...ruins integrated into the design...and made visible to the public... -- Schønherr Landscape Architects [images]
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